Oceans Of Slumber – Aetherial

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Review by Brady Deeprose

Self Released

Progressive Metal is a term that is thrown around a lot these days. From dark titans Opeth to the younger generation (Between The Buried And Me, The Faceless, Periphery etc), it’s never been a particularly ‘mainstream’ genre and so finding new bands can be a chore. Texas’ Oceans Of Slumber label themselves as ‘Musician’s Musicians’, a collective featuring ex-Insect Warfare drummer Dobber Beverly amidst its ranks alongside a jazz guitarist: a plethora of experienced musicians. What they have produced in Aetherial however, is somewhat of a mixed bag.

Opener ‘God In Skin’ just screams Opeth with Gojira’s Joe Duplantier bellowing over the top. Dropping into a Killswitch Engage-esque riff and then a more death metal ‘chorus’ section, the song chops and changes often. That seems to set a precedent for the rest of the album as there is a lack of consistent structure tying the, extremely proficient, sections together. Oceans Of Slumber lack the fluidity in writing that many of their contemporaries have leaving the album as a whole feeling a little disjointed.

That said, it does have some cracking tracks, ‘Memoriam’ being a prime example of this. A majestic opening to an almost hard-rock verse that is so unexpected, I almost laughed: and then decided it was badass and moved on. Aside from brief flashes of brilliance, Aetherial failed to keep my attention consistently and suffered a little from a few less than memorable choruses. It’s by no means bad, but I think it lacks the experience and maturity of other releases in its field. Check the band out, decide for yourself, as they are getting a lot of positive press, but sadly, not my bag.

Oceans Of Slumber – Aetherial5 out of 10

Track listing:

  1. God In Skin
  2. Coffins Like Kites
  3. Memoriam
  4. Remedy
  5. Only A Corpse
  6. Aetherial
  7. Primordial
  8. Blackest Cloud
  9. Great Divide